Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. Generally speaking, people with stronger, leaner bodies have more energy, are healthier and basically feel better. Research has now shown that exercise is especially important for cancer survivors. Regular exercise does all of the following:
- improves mood
- boosts self-confidence
- and there is loads of evidence suggesting that higher levels of physical activity can help keep the cancer from recurring
But what’s the best way to get fit, and maximize long-term health once you’ve undergone cancer treatments?
To help survivors get their groove back, LIVESTRONG has partnered with the YMCA to offer FREE 12 week, small group exercise programs for adult cancer survivors. YMCA fitness instructors work with each participant to fit the program to their individual needs. The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care. Click HERE to see a map and listing of locations that offer the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.
If you live in New York, check out Strength for Life. Strength for Life provides FREE 8 week exercise classes both during and after treatment. In addition, they give exercise equipment to each client to keep. Prior to starting an exercise class each participant must provide a doctor note. Their Certified Cancer Exercise Specialists will design an individual exercise program based on your specific needs. To see a listing of upcoming sessions, click HERE. (BTW, Strength for Life also offers FREE wellness retreats- their next one is January 12-13, 2013 at Hyatt Wind Watch Hotel in Hauppauge, NY. Click HERE for more information.)
Read more about the wide variety of available cancer support services.